Herb latin name: Calligonum aphyllum
Synonyms: Calligonum pallasia
Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
Edible parts of Calligonum aphyllum:Young shoots - cooked. An edible gum or mucilage is obtained from the leaves. The pounded root furnishes an edible mucilaginous substance resembling gum tragacanth (see Ferula species). One report says that the plant has an edible fruit. This possibly refers to the seed.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sandy soils in dry arid regions.
Propagation of Calligonum aphyllum:Seed - we have no information on this species. The seed is probably best sown in late winter in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in early summer of the following year.
Cultivation of the herb:Sandy soils in dry arid regions.
Medicinal use of Calligonum aphyllum:None known
Known hazards of Calligonum aphyllum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.